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BOSTON BLACKIE




Boston Blackie is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker -- a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio, and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend".

The Boston Blackie radio series, starring Chester Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show -- Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer.

On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement.

Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play.


NOTE: Updated with Version 3.2 Files on 26-May-2012.
NOTE: Updated with Version 3 Files on 18-Nov-2009.




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Notes


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This is the Single Episodes Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This Single Episodes page is provided in case you want to sample the shows. Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to archive.org naming requirements.


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Reviews

Reviewer: vinmurph - - May 3, 2015
Subject: Vin Murph
Flashback time...I first heard these shows in the late 1940s' A kid huddled around the Philco radio...letting my imagination take me on these great adventures.. Thanks for the memories!
Reviewer: taiterchip - - January 29, 2015
Subject: Love Boston Blackie
Love this show!!
Reviewer: RinoRino - - September 8, 2014
Subject: Great show!
This is my favorite radio show hands down. The exchanges between Blackie and Faraday are great and timeless. Thank you to Max Reiner for answering a question I had about an actor that is in a few of the episodes! He mentioned an actor named Ralph Bell. Ralph Bell has (in my opinion) the best gangster voice ever. Check out "Jerry Williams Fixed Court Case" to hear him at his finest. Bell voices Jerry Williams, a gardenia-loving gangster... a classic line he brings to radio when he's about to kill Blackie..."Ya know, I always sniff a gardenia before I kill a guy...". "The Abbott Painting" is another classic of Bell's...playing Henry Rice... a sort of art collector. Of course, Blackie's voice (as voiced by Dick Kollmar) is just wonderful also. The back and forth between Blackie and Faraday is one of the show's greatest attributes. Enjoy!

Note to Internet Archive: Episode 073 "Old Man Graham's Wife" should be corrected to "Old Man Graham's Will" as his wife never appears nor is mentioned. The episode is about his Will (or 2 Wills).
Reviewer: katperrr - - July 30, 2014
Subject: Boston Blackie
Have been listening to an episode or two every night, will be disappointed when I'm all through. Just learned that Champagne Velvet Beer Co is back in business!
Reviewer: AMC Hornet - - July 11, 2014
Subject: Some Boston Blackie Pics:
https://archive.org/stream/radi00mac#page/n55/mode/2up
Reviewer: prewarbooksfallout - - May 15, 2014
Subject: Why, Farraday, what an unpleasant surprise!
I started listening to this show after finishing another great show on here, "Box 13", and this one is just as good! I love the banter between Blackie & Inspector Farraday and how Blackie wiggles out of the hairiest predicaments! The writing is intelligent, the sound quality of these files is solid and I am certainly enjoying it! Thanks to all who helped preserve it! Rinso white, Rinso bright!
Reviewer: Max Reiner - - May 23, 2012
Subject: Some of Boston Blackie Radio Show Voice Actors
Here's a bit about BB that has always fascinated me about some of the voice actors. Although Chester Morris was the first Boston Blackie, I'm most familiar with Dick Kollmar. He was also a Broadway actor and "Dick" of WOR, New York's "Dorothy and Dick" radio show. Dorothy was newspaper columnist & "What's My Line" TV panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. Faraday was Maurice Tarplin, aka "The Mysterious Traveler."

Other voices I recognize were Jackson Beck, who played a movie director in one episode I recall. He was Superman's announcer among many voice roles. He was Bluto in the Popeye cartoons. And I recognized Ralph Bell, who was in many radio shows and in a TV soap opera. I heard Frank Lovejoy in a BB episode today.

Whew enough for now. Anyone else for voice actor trivia? :) One of my favorite hobbies.
Reviewer: yuma - - January 21, 2011
Subject: A MUST HEAR
Give Boston Black a hear. I beleave this show should be in the top ten on the old time radio list. Its fresh, the acting is great, and the sound is clear. An if you like this type of show you will love it.
Reviewer: OTRRArchive - - November 19, 2009
Subject: Updated Files
18-Nov-2009: Corrected the Larry the Kid vs Savinni episode, plus some minor corrections on about a dozen other episodes.
Reviewer: LeGrande - - June 1, 2009
Subject: One of the more entertaining detective series
The well-written back-and-forth bickering between Blackie and Inspector Farriday helps propel this series beyond more mundane "solve the crime" shows. Blackie also has to solve his cases without the help (and often with direct opposition) from the police, which adds a nice twist. And rather than Mary just being a female friend, she's really Blackie's girl, which makes things just a tad more believable. It's a very listenable show, even after repeated listenings.
Reviewer: catfreak - - January 11, 2008
Subject: Boston Blackie mistake
The episode titled Larry The Kid vs Savinni is incorrect. The episode is, in fact, Eva Cronin Is Stalked.

Otherwise, this is a fine set that sounds great!

A "must have"
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